BASIC HEALTH AND SANITATION PROJECT PHASE II AT OUR LADY OF APOSTLES SECONDARY SCHOOL IJEBU-ODE
An Overview of Objectives, Results and Impacts
The overall objective of the project was to contribute towards resolving contextual problems that impede the exercise of the basic rights of the more disadvantaged population of Nigeria. Specifically, this was done by way of improving the basic conditions of educational environment of children and young people that guaranteed their protection and health.
Some indicators point to the level of achievement of the proposed objectives. For instance, as a result of the intervention, there was a considerable reduction in the number of disease vectors of Malaria parasite, in the school in spite of being situated in a malaria endemic region. This was achieved to some extent, by the proper disposal of waste and run-off water. Also there were hygiene awareness campaigns to eliminate breeding grounds for Mosquitoes.
As part of the results from the project, the Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, for girls at Ijebu-Ode area, now counts on new sets of functional hygiene infrastructure namely, 40 units of bathrooms/showers and 30 toilet units. Also, the teachers learnt to incorporate curricula and learning modules geared to promote basic human right, with respect to good education, and good hygiene behavior.
Partners in the project are the Educational Co-operation Society Lagos, and the Associación Zabaketa, of Bilbao Spain. Major funding support for the project was received from the Getxo Ayuntamiento, Spain.
Over the years the Educational Co-operation Society and Zabalketa Association worked jointly to raise standards of hygiene and learning outcome in various schools within various states in Nigeria including Enugu, Lagos and Ogun States. The current School Sanitation and Hygiene Project at the Our Lady of Apostles School marks the 19th in the series of such site and service projects.
The inspiration for such social intervention projects was drawn from a 20th Century Saint of the Catholic Church, St Josemaria Escriva, who in his writings as the Founder of Opus Dei, encourage all people of good will to overcome their ethnic, religious and cultural differences and work jointly for the common good of their societies.
About Educational Co-operation Society (ECS)
The Educational Co-operation Society is a Nigerian nonprofit incorporated in 1974, with a sole objective to promote projects that further education and development of character in accordance with Christian principles. (See website www.ecs.org.ng). Thus, the moral and spiritual formation in ECS projects is entrusted to Opus Dei, which is a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
History of this basic sanitation and hygiene project began in 2016 when the school authority and other stakeholders in the school approached ECS, through Rev. Sister Pauline Gaiya, for support in the provision of hygiene infrastructure for the school. The appeal was supported by appeal letters from the Bishop of Ijebu-Ode, PTA, Ministry of women Affairs and the JDPC, etc. Further preliminary assessment of need and basic confirmation of project ownership, ECS acceded to the request even though funding was the greatest challenge. Thanks to the collaboration of the Asociación Zabaketa some sort of funding was secured from the Ayuntamiento de Getxo to execute the project.
The project was then phased into two for ease of implementation. The first was completed in 2017 and the phase II has just been completed and is being handed over to the Bishop of Ijebu-Ode, the school authority, and their Parent-Teachers Association today.